SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) – In the annals of Super Bowl gaffes, this one is a cut below. But the Denver Broncos weren’t complaining.

Field preparations at Levi’s Stadium for Super Bowl 50 were going along swimmingly by all accounts, until a few people discovered something amiss on the freshly-painted turf.

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The mistake almost went unnoticed by all those milling about the stadium, but photographers were able to get the evidence of the field crew’s lack of communication.

IBy Thursday afternoon, all evidence of a Broncos takeover of Super Bowl 50 was gone, and the Carolina Panthers took their rightful place on the turf:

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The NFL and Levi’s Stadium officials can only hope the field paint blunder is the only misstep on the newly-installed turf which has had its share of quality-control issues.

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Carlos E. Castañeda is Senior Editor, News & Social Media for CBS San Francisco and a San Francisco native. You can follow him on Twitter or send him an email.